Internet is not a safe place. You probably know this already. The days when you were able to surf the net and download apps without the fear that all your data (photos, emails, documents) may be stolen or lost are gone. The most important question that you need to ask yourself when you open your computer is how to protect your private data. Unfortunately, a solution that is 100% bullet proof does not exist, but there options that lower the chances to be hacked and lose your important data. My two cents: use both VPN and antivirus solutions.
Before going further and talk about VPN/antivirus protection here is a useful tip: regularly backup your data! As mentioned above there is no solution that fully protects you while connected to the Internet. That is why you should backup your private data regularly (at least once a month) and keep the backup files offline, on DVDs or external hard-drives.
Why do you need Antivirus/Anti-malware protection?
The question is not whether you need an antivirus/anti-malware solution, it’s whether you can afford not have such protection software installed.
You have probably heard about the recent Wannacry attacks. The malware encrypted the data from tens of thousands of computers from all over the World. And the unlocking key was “only” $300 payable in Bitcoin. An earlier version, named WeCry asked users for 0.1 bitcoin (currently worth $259) to unlock files and programs.
According to a recent study, an individual is the target of a ransomware attack every 10 seconds. That is why you need to have a antivirus/anti-malware/anti-ransomware installed on your computer.
Why do you need a VPN?
Using a VPN is a must when it comes to online security. Browsing the Internet using unsecured Wi-Fi networks or even Wi-Fi networks other then the one from your home may be a mistake. A Wi-Fi network can be easily spied and your sensitive data (passwords, credit card info, browsing habits) can be stolen. Even your ISP is able and probably is monitoring your Internet traffic.
By using a VPN your Internet connection is secured and all data that is leaving your computer is encrypted. Do I need to say more?
For your protection: VPN and antivirus/anti-malware
Nowadays everyone that is connecting to the Internet should have VPN and antivirus solutions installed. This is not something nice to have, it is a must. Keeping your data private is not an option.
ibVPN summer bundle offer
And now … here is an interesting offer: VPN and antivirus bundle during the summer of 2017. ibVPN, one of the best VPN (in my opinion) on the market, has an extraordinary summer promotion: buy the annual plan for their UltimateVPN package and get the Bitdefender Total Security Pack 2017 for free.
Here is what you get from both products:
ibVPN – UltimateVPN:
Bitdefender – Total Security 2017:
- Cross-platform antivirus
- Effective anti-ransomware
- Unbeatable malware detection
- Privacy, anti-theft and data protection
Why do you I think this is a great offer?
Firstly, ibVPN is a great VPN service. I use them for more than 7 years and I am very happy with the quality of their service and the outstanding support.
Secondly, according to AV-Test, Bitdefender is one of the best antivirus solution. It provides and excellent level of protection against a large variety of online threats. Plus, according to recent news, the Romanian security solution is actively fighting against CIA and other types of governmental hackers.
Thirdly, the price is good. For the regular price of the UltimateVPN package, annual plan, which is $58.06 you get the annual license of Bitdefender Total Security 2017 valued at $49.99 for free. It looks like a great summer offer!
What do you think?
How do you protect yourself while connected to the Internet? Do you regularly backup your data? Are you using VPN and antivirus solutions? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.